Four Morning Pointe directors of nursing honored for years of commitment

Published 5:14 pm Friday, November 15, 2019


News release

CHATTANOOGA – At Morning Pointe Senior Living’s recent annual director of nursing conference, which brought together directors of nursing from Morning Pointe assisted living, personal care, and Alzheimer’s memory care communities throughout the Southeast, four longtime directors of nursing were honored for their commitment to resident health. The four women recognized were Shauna Sanford of Morning Pointe of Danville (KY) for nine years, Kathy Hensley of Morning Pointe of Greeneville (TN) for 12 years of service with Morning Pointe, Tommie Westfield of The Lantern at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Center of Excellence, Chattanooga (TN) for seven years, and Jeanna Officer of Morning Pointe of Collegedale at Greenbriar Cove (TN) for seven years.

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“When it comes to resident care, there is a lot to be said for consistency,” remarked Morning Pointe senior vice president of clinical care Mandy Taylor. “When directors of nursing choose to stay with a community for an extended period of time, they become incredibly familiar with their residents’ needs and medical history, which allows them to better serve our seniors while also creating a feeling of stability and building strong relationships.”

“At Morning Pointe, we want all of our associates to see their roles as more than a job—we want them to see Morning Pointe as a place to grow in their careers and a family upon which they can depend,” added Morning Pointe president and co-founder Greg A. Vital. “I am so proud of all of the directors of nursing honored tonight and applaud them for their commitment to their residents and to Morning Pointe.”

Independent Healthcare Properties LLC, a Chattanooga, Tenn.-based senior healthcare services company, is the developer, owner and manager of 33 Morning Pointe® assisted living and The Lantern® at Morning Pointe Alzheimer’s Memory Care Center of Excellence communities in five southeastern states. IHP was founded in 1996 by Tennessee healthcare entrepreneurs Greg A. Vital and Franklin Farrow. For more information, please visit